Memorable Manitobans: Thomas James Carrothers (1880-1967)
Born in West Williams County, Ontario, he moved to the Austin district of Manitoba in 1896 where he and his father homesteaded. He was active in machinery and mechanics, agriculture, horticulture, and beekeeping. He was a member of the Canadian Seed Growers Association in the early 1920s. He and his wife were noted for their experiments grafting trees and growing flowers.
On 24 March 1909, he married Etta May Giles (1893-1987) and they had eleven children: Donald Ephriam Carrothers, Eldon Carrothers, Clifford Carrothers, Stanley Carrothers, Clarence Carrothers, Leslie Carrothers (1923-1947), Louis Carrothers, Isabelle Carrothers (wife of D. Enta), Vera Carrothers (wife of H. Coward), Violet Carrothers (wife of T. E. Wright), and Grace Carrothers (wife of H. Boughton). He was a trustee for Austin School and a member of Austin Baptist Church. He and son Donald were active in the establishment of the Manitoba Agricultural Museum at Austin, donating 50 acres where the museum is now situated.
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 December 1967.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Calla Isaak for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 9 February 2020
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